Communicable and Infectious Diseases 

Number:

4.5 

Policy/Operational Procedure Name:

Communicable and Infectious Diseases

Sponsor:

N/A

Custodian:

Finance and Administrative Services

Effective Date(s):

Transferred 1/2016

Next Review Date:

Spring 2016

Location:

durhamtech.edu/policies-and-procedures/communicable-infectious-diseases

Citation:

N.C. Commission for Health Services, pursuant to Chapter 130A-144 of the N.C. General Statutes.

 

Policy Statement

Durham Technical Community College complies with all state and federal laws relating to the protection of qualified persons with a disability or handicapping condition. The college will make every reasonable effort to insure that college employees who are handicapped by a communicable disease are afforded all the rights and privileges of these laws. However, it is not discriminatory action under North Carolina law to fail to hire, transfer, promote, or discharge a handicapped person because the person has a communicable disease in which the risk of contagion cannot be eliminated by reasonable accommodation.

Procedure

Employees who may become infected with a communicable or infectious disease, including HIV and AIDS, will not be excluded from employment or restricted in their access to college services or facilities, unless medically-based judgment in an individual case determines that exclusion or restriction is necessary for the welfare and safety of members of the college community.

Individuals who know or have a reasonable basis for believing they have a communicable disease are expected to seek expert advice about their health circumstances and are obligated, ethically and legally, to conduct themselves responsibly to prevent the spread of communicable disease in accordance with the control measures prescribed by the N.C. Commission for Health Services, pursuant to Chapter 130A-144 of the N.C. General Statutes.

The college shall maintain strict confidentiality for any employee with a communicable or an infectious disease.

Individuals who have a communicable disease are encouraged to voluntarily share that information with their supervisor so the college can ascertain the appropriate response to their health needs, including any reasonable accommodations they may be entitled to by law. Additionally, individuals who pose a significant risk of transmitting an infectious disease that would cause harm to others are required to disclose such information. If information regarding an individual’s communicable disease is shared with a college official, it shall remain confidential in accordance with applicable laws that protect the privacy of individuals who have communicable diseases and information will be disclosed only to responsible college officials, as necessary, on a strictly limited, need-to-know basis, unless the individual consents in writing to other releases of information.

Should influenza reach a pandemic stage, the President or President's designee shall regularly monitor the situation by communicating with local and state health officials and by reviewing media sources. Should influenza reach a pandemic level in a county contiguous to Durham or Orange counties, the President or President's designee will provide information to students and employees about preventing the spread of the pandemic flu. Should influenza reach a pandemic level within the college's service area of Durham and Orange counties, the President or President's designee will consult with local health officials and the President may make the decision to close the college temporarily if that action is considered to be in the best interest of the college and the communities served. Employees who are diagnosed by a health care provider to have a confirmed case of pandemic illness should contact their Division Head. Students should contact the College's Vice President of Student Engagement, Development, and Support.

Purpose/Definitions

Communicable and infectious diseases shall include, but are not limited to, influenza; tuberculosis; conjunctivitis; infectious mononucleosis; acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS); AIDS-related complex (ARC); positive HIV antibody status; hepatitis A, B, and D; meningitis; and sexually transmitted diseases.